Just when we thought that what we communicated with friends, family and colleagues was going to be just between those involved, chat company WhatsApp has slyly introduced a feature that allows, of all privacy intruders, Facebook to be able to have access to our information. The reason? They justify this outrage with the reason: “selling ads”. And oh, users have just 30 days to opt out of it.
Without any notification whatsoever, the news spread quickly through tech geeks who keep themselves abreast with the ins and outs of technology. So, where can you quickly go and undo this update that has been automatically on “turn on” mode? You will need to go the WhatsApp settings on your phone or device on which you use it. The notification reads as:
Seems legit. Though they didn’t need to give you a whole paragraph to explain something that should be in place, in the first place. Then, when you go lower and read further, this is what it says:
“Share my WhatsApp account information with Facebook ads and products experiences. Your chats and phone number will not be shared onto Facebook regardless of this setting.”
Yes, WhatsApp, you won’t share our personal information on Facebook, because you’re happily sharing it WITH Facebook. Having said that, it’s up to you, the user, to allow or disallow WhatsApp to share your information. And speaking of invasion of privacy, the European Union, led by France and Germany, are trying to either ban WhatsApp or make it legal for the government to be able to have access to your text messages that you send across the app.